The title of this post makes me sad, mostly because it’s not just Wednesdays that aren’t for knitting right now . . . it’s every day. You see, I am dealing with a significant flare up of carpal tunnel in both hands/wrists.
I can’t pinpoint the problem to one thing exactly but I probably overdid it with the wedding sweater (there was a weekend in mid July where I literally did nothing but knit for about 6 hours a day for 3 days in a row) and my hands were pretty sore. No wrist pain or numbness, though. After I finished the sweater, I concentrated on the socks. I cut it pretty close on the finish (Thursday for a Saturday wedding) but my hands felt fine. While we were in Iceland I cast on for a Musselburgh Hat with Gauge Dye Works Solar System yarn. I knit off and on during our sightseeing and then knit a lot on the plane trip back to the USA. I also hit the Nintendo Switch pretty hard when we got back, spending time getting caught up on Animal Crossings.
Whatever the cause, I seem to have overdone it and I’ve had significant pain, swelling, numbness and tingling for the last few weeks. I’m completely off Animal Crossings and I think going forward I’m going to have to be completely off knitting, too. Monday night I picked up the hat and knit just a few rounds, figuring it would be okay since I hadn’t knit at all in 8 days. And then I woke up in the night and my right wrist felt like it was on fire.
I’ve tried magnets and braces, I’m taking ibuprofen and doing recommended exercises, but this isn’t going away readily. So. No knitting for me. And before you ask, yes, I do have a doctor’s appointment, but it’s 3 weeks away.
Without my standard hobbies I’m a little bit lost, and spending way too much time on TikTok, too. I miss knitting very very much but it would appear this is to be a time of no knitting for me . . . at least for a bit.